2011-02-23 / Sports

BA turns back North Huron


Ubly big man Josh White clears out the paint after hauling down this rebound against Sandusky Friday night. The Bearcats kept their slim GTC-East hopes alive with a victory over the Redskins Friday night. 
Photo by GARY FETTING Ubly big man Josh White clears out the paint after hauling down this rebound against Sandusky Friday night. The Bearcats kept their slim GTC-East hopes alive with a victory over the Redskins Friday night. Photo by GARY FETTING BAD AXE — The Hatchets used a big second half, scoring 32 points, to race past North Huron last week in a nonleague contest 59-35. Ethan Sisco fired in 11 points in the first quarter to get Bad Axe off to a 16-10 lead and a 11-5 edge in the second gave the Hatchets a 27-15 half-time advantage. Jeremy Pawlowski, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, teamed up with Tyler Price for 11 of their team's 19 third quarter points to blow the game open for BA. Pawlowski's 15 paced the winners in scoring while Sisco canned 14. Erik Dhyse was the only Warrior in double figures, pumping in 13 and Mike Schramski added six. Friday night, Bad Axe fell to Reese 69-54 to fall to 5-11 on the year. The Hatchets took an early 15-11 lead and trailed 29-28 at the half. In the second half of action, the Rockets took control, scoring 21 in the third and 19 more in the fourth to coast to the win. Sisco had a team-high 18 points for Bad Axe and Pawlowski added eight, The Hatchets were 10 of 13 from the stripe.


Eric Montreuil of Owen-Gage finishes off a fast break lay-up during the Bulldogs game with North Huron. 
Photo by SHERRY FISCHER Eric Montreuil of Owen-Gage finishes off a fast break lay-up during the Bulldogs game with North Huron. Photo by SHERRY FISCHER Pirates need three-pointer at the buzzer to win — They have been here before, needing a clutch shot to win a close ball game and Friday night was no different for the Pirates who handed Laker yet another tough loss, winning 43- 42. Senior Sean Sorenson was undaunted by the fact that his team was losing by two points with six seconds left to play. Sorenson calmly drained a three-pointer to bring the Pirate fans to their feet and give HB a dramatic victory to move to 12-3 on the year. Laker had one chance for a game winning shot, but never got off a quality shot as time expired. The Pirates jumped out in front early 14-13 only to see Laker rebound with a solid effort to take a 22-21 lead at the intermission. The game remained close throughout the second half with neither side able to take control. HB outscored Laker 22- 20 in the second half, but needed the late-game heroics to pull out the win. Sorenson finished with 14, Andrew Siemen had 11 and Eli Kraft netted 10. Chase Voelker led the Laker scoring with 13 points and Tim Warack had 12. The Pirates, who lead the GTC-East by a game over second place Marlette ventures to Red Raider Pavilion Friday night for what could turn out to be the league title game. Harbor Beach is 6-1 in league play while Marlette (13-4 overall) is 5-2.


Evan Gascho of Laker looks to make a pass to a teammate past HB defender Jason Hanson. Harbor Beach scored a late triple to win the game. 
Photo by ASHLEY WEHNER Evan Gascho of Laker looks to make a pass to a teammate past HB defender Jason Hanson. Harbor Beach scored a late triple to win the game. Photo by ASHLEY WEHNER USA moves up in GTC-West standings — With league titles on the line and district tournaments not too far off, it's a good time to be playing some of your best basketball of the season. For the USA Patriots, that is exactly what is happening, following a 56-44 triumph over Cass City last week. Just two weeks ago, the Patriots found themselves near the middle of the pack in the standings. Now, they are inching their way upwards with no telling where they will end up. Against Cass City, the Patriots came out of the gate slow, trailing 13-10 after one before putting together an impressive second quarter (18-8) to take a 28-21 lead at the break. After a sluggish third quarter, when they managed just four points, USA finished strong with another 18- point outburst to seal the win. Jake Holland pumped in 22 points, Sean McBayer had nine and Andrew Botello finished with eight. Friday night, USA took a step backwards, falling to Vassar 52-43. Vassar took the early lead, 11-8 in the first, and used a 16-11 run in the fourth to close out the victory. USA was led in scoring by Kyle Comer with 10 Daniel Rieck added eight and the tandem of Holland and Botello tossed in seven apiece.

Ubly scores win over Brown City — The Bearcats took care of business in a GTC-East battle with Brown City last week, rolling to a 54-46 win for their 10th win of the season. Ubly trailed 11-8 early before rebounding with 20 points in the second to take control of the game, leading 28-25 at the intermission. A 26-21 advantage in the second half helped the Bearcats finish off the Green Devils. Marshall Leipprandt tossed in 23 to lead Ubly while Eric Booms had nine and Jason Kaufman added seven. The Bearcats went 15 of 23 from the charity stripe. Friday night, in a key GTC-East showdown with Sandusky, Leipprandt (three triples) fired in a season-high 30 points to spark the Bearcats to a 62-53 win. With the victory, Ubly remains in the hunt or a possible GTC-East title, although they would need some help in the final weeks of the season. The Bearcats used a well-balanced offensive attack against the Redskins to pick up their 12th win of the year. Ubly led 15-11 after one, 27-22 at the half and 45-38 entering the final eight minutes of play. Lenny Nowicki backed up Leipprandt's stand-out effort with eight points while Booms and Brandon Glaza netted six each. Ubly went 20 for 29 from the line.

Laker comes up short again — It's been a season of close calls for firstyear Coach Jeremy Macejewski and his team and their game with Vassar was another example. Despite playing strong for much of the game, Laker came away on the short end of a 49-43 final score. They also dropped a heart-breaker to Harbor Beach on Friday night, losing in the final seconds on a three-point shot. Against the Vulcans, Laker trailed just 23- 21 at the break and were outscored 26-22 the rest of the way. Chase Voelker paced the Laker scoring with 14 points, Brody Lawrence scored 10 and Tim Warack chipped in with seven.

North Huron keeps NCTL North hopes alive — The Warriors found a way to stay in the thick of things in the NCTL North race, defeating Caseville last week, 55-44. A 27-point explosion in the game's early stages helped lift North Huron to an early lead. They led 34-21 at the half and piled on 15 more points in the third to seal the Eagles fate. The Warriors were led in scoring by Eric LedPerance who canned 15 points. Kevin Rice added 11 before being injured, while Erik Dhsye and Forrest Maxwell had nine apiece. Caseville was led by Tommy Kennedy who had 15 and Charlie Karafa tossed in 10. North Huron finished 10 of 21 from the line and Caseville converted 6 of 14 tries.

Owen-Gage loses to Akron — A defensive lapse in the second quarter, when they allowed 30 points, spelled doom for the Owen-Gage Bulldogs last week, losing to the Vikings 74-40. Akron continues to battle North Huron for first place in the NCTL North standings. Owen-gage trailed 18-11 after one quarter and were never able to fully rebound. They were on the short end of a 48-21 score at the half. Hunter Champagne topped the OG scoring with 19 points.

Port Hope scores win over Caseville — The Bluestars picked up their second win of the year, defeating Caseville 59-50 Friday night. After taking a narrow 11-10 first quarter lead, Port Hope poured in 22 points in the second quarter to take command of the game. Caseville came back with a 27-26 edge in the second half before running out of time in their bid for a comeback win. Travis Phillips led the way for PH in scoring with 16 points and Randy Smaglinski chipped in with 12. Tommy Kennedy led Caseville with 14 and Tyler Claydon added 12.

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